The Associated Press reports that FIFA's member associations voted 134 to 65, with one no-vote, Wednesday in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the US and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup men's soccer tournament over that of Morocco. "Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2026".
MLS commissioner Don Garber called it "a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America" and added "there's no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels".
"We're not missing our own home World Cup".
Canada has bid once before in 1986, but it failed.
The North American bid got 17 low-risk and three medium assessments when it comes to organizing costs, government support as well as human rights and labour standards.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday in Russian Federation, with a field of 32 teams from around the globe competing in a monthlong tournament that concludes July 15. The attractive game transcends borders and cultures.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are the three Canadian cities designated to possibly host games in the 2026 tournament, which is expanding to include 48 countries, up from the current 32-team format. "Football today is the only victor". We know it will be a tough game for us. "We'll have discussions with U.S. Soccer about what happens next".
Before the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Jacksonville served as the host for a friendly match between the US team and Moldova, played at Wolfson Park while the old Gator Bowl underwent extensive reconstruction.
Lenarduzzi said with or without Vancouver, co-hosting the event will be an important step for Canada's growing soccer community, which he said is undergoing a renaissance. They put in a huge amount of legwork, meeting with a slew of countries across the vast continent in hopes of securing a majority of the confederation's votes.
In qualification for the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. surprisingly finished fifth in a group of six countries in the fifth round of qualification, only ahead of Trinidad & Tobago.